History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 12.​> for that purpose in the last days. Woe! Woe! be to that man or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his witness in these last days; for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones. My enemies say that I have been a true prophet; why I had rather be a fallen true prophet than a false prophet. When a man goes about prophesying, and commands men to obey his teachings, he must be either a true or false prophet; false prophets always arise to oppose the true prophets, and they will prophesy so very near the truth that they will deceive almost the very chosen ones. The doctrine of eternal judgments belong<​s​> to the first principles of the gospel in the last days. In relation to the Kingdom of God, the devil always sets up his Kingdom at the very same time in opposition to God. Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world, was ordained to that very purpose in the grand council of Heaven before this world was. I suppose that I was ordained to this very office in that grand council. It is the testimony that I want that I am God’s servant, and this people his people. The Ancient Prophets declared in the last days the God of heaven shall <​should​> set up a Kingdom, which should never be destroyed, nor left to other people; and the very time that was calculated on, this people were struggling to bring it out. He that arms himself with gun, sword, or pistol, except in the [HC 6:364] defence of truth, will some time be sorry for it. I never carry any weapon with me bigger than my penknife; when I was dragged before the cannon and muskets in , I was unarmed. God will always protect me until my mission is fulfilled. I calculate to be one of the instruments of setting up the Kingdom of Daniel by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world. I once offered my life to the Mob as a sacrifice for my people, and here I am. It will not be by sword or gun that this Kingdom will roll on; the power of truth is such that all nations will be under the necessity of obeying the gospel. The prediction is that army will be against army; [p. 18]
May 12. for that purpose in the last days. Woe! Woe! be to that man or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his witness in these last days; for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones. My enemies say that I have been a true prophet; why I had rather be a fallen true prophet than a false prophet. When a man goes about prophesying, and commands men to obey his teachings, he must be either a true or false prophet; false prophets always arise to oppose the true prophets, and they will prophesy so very near the truth that they will deceive almost the very chosen ones. The doctrine of eternal judgments belongs to the first principles of the gospel in the last days. In relation to the Kingdom of God, the devil always sets up his Kingdom at the very same time in opposition to God. Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world, was ordained to that very purpose in the grand council of Heaven before this world was. I suppose that I was ordained to this very office in that grand council. It is the testimony that I want that I am God’s servant, and this people his people. The Ancient Prophets declared in the last days the God of heaven should set up a Kingdom, which should never be destroyed, nor left to other people; and the very time that was calculated on, this people were struggling to bring it out. He that arms himself with gun, sword, or pistol, except in the [HC 6:364] defence of truth, will some time be sorry for it. I never carry any weapon with me bigger than my penknife; when I was dragged before the cannon and muskets in , I was unarmed. God will always protect me until my mission is fulfilled. I calculate to be one of the instruments of setting up the Kingdom of Daniel by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world. I once offered my life to the Mob as a sacrifice for my people, and here I am. It will not be by sword or gun that this Kingdom will roll on; the power of truth is such that all nations will be under the necessity of obeying the gospel. The prediction is that army will be against army; [p. 18]
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